Hello I need help with my upgrade path:
Canon 1D MKIII
Canon 16-35 2.8
Canon 70-200 2.8 IS
Canon 35 1.4
Canon 85 1.2
Equipment I Have
Canon 1D MKII
Canon 30D gripped
Canon 24-70 2.8
Canon 70-200 4
Probably about £2,000 and most of my kit I'll buy second hand and or get via Kerso. I'll also sell my 70-200 f4 and 30D if I replace it with a 2.8 IS or the 1D MKII
What I shoot now
I mainly shoot anything and everything, although at the moment I'm doing a lot of gig photography. So low level light with high ISO, usual suspects.
What I see myself shooting in the future
For the foresee able future I'll be shooting more gigs. However to unwind I'd shoot anything from landscapes to sports.
Reason for this post
I'm not sure what to buy first. I'd like to own all that gear in the next couple of years but just can't prioritise what I want or need.
1D MKII - I'm finding that to be more than capable for what I need bare maybe the ISO performance as some of the clubs I shoot in are almost completely dark. It would accompany a MKIII if I bought one.
30D - Same kinda performance as the MKII but it does feel toy like in comparison to the MKII. I would get rid of this for a MKIII
1D MKIII - Newer technology than cameras I own. The better ISO performance would be handy. Not too worried about the AF issues with the camera, as I'd buy a high serial number.
24-70 - Not going to replace.
70-200 f4 - This is a great lens and is sharp for my needs however I am increasing finding that I need the 2.8, particular for the gig stuff.
70-200 2.8 IS - To replace the f4 I have. But S/h MK I or MKII?
16-35 2.8 - I only find on odd occasions that I need to go wider than 24mm however because I haven't sampled this kind of focal length I might be missing out on a new creative way to shoot. MK I and get it a cheaper price or MKII got the more improved performance?
Canon 35 1.4 / Canon 85 1.2 - I would love these too for really low level light work at the gigs, however I know the 35 is a little soft and has had issues with MKIII. And the 85 is slower to focus than other lenses. I feel I'd probably use the 35mm more.
Canon Speedlite - I only have one flash gun and on occasions would like to shoot with multi able strobes. I would use the flash for only a bit of flash fill in gigs or outside shooting in the bright sun. Would I be best getting a 580EXII or 430EXII?
So what piece of kit do I get first? I could afford to get two £1,000 ish lens at the same time or either one at £2,000 or a body.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to your answers. Any questions give me a shout.